Miami Art Week / Art Basel Miami Beach 2015 at Pérez Art Museum Miami

Join us during Miami Art Week/Art Basel Miami Beach for a variety of exhibitions and events. 

Project Gallery: Sheela Gowda
Opening Tuesday, December 1
Open to the public - general museum admission
Sheela Gowda
Sheela Gowda, Those of Whom, 2014. Rubber, metal, stone, feather, paint. Courtesy the artist.

Sheela Gowda’s artistic practice uses a unique vocabulary of materials drawn from both the rural and urban contexts in which she works and are characterized by their interest in texture, color, and socio-political references. PAMM’s double-height Project Gallery will serve as a unique architectural context for a newly commissioned sculptural installation by the Bangalore-based artist. more

Project Gallery: Sheela Gowda is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander. Support is provided by Knight Foundation.The Knight Foundation

Nari Ward Book Signing
Thursday, December 3, 11:30am-12:30pm
Free and open to the public
Nari Ward
Nari Ward, Mango Tourist, 2011. In collaboration with MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Image courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.
Artist Nari Ward will be at PAMM to sign copies of his new catalogue, Nari Ward: Sun Splashed, which was published in conjunction with his exhibition currently on view at PAMM. 

This fully illustrated catalogue includes an essay by PAMM Associate Curator Diana Nawi with contributions by Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Erica Moiah James, Assistant Professor, Departments of the History of Art and African American Studies, Yale University; Ralph Lemon, visual and performance artist and choreographer; and Philippe Vergne, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Nari Ward: Sun Splashed is available for $55 in the PAMM Shop. more

Admission is free every first Thursday and is made possible by Knight Foundation with support from the Hearst Foundations and additional support from The Miami Foundation.

PAMM Presents Dimensions by Devonté Hynes & Ryan McNamara
Thursday, December 3, 9pm-midnight
By invitation only – PAMM Sustaining and above level members, and Art Basel Miami Beach, DesignMiami/ and Art Miami VIP cardholders.Ryan and Devonte Coral Castle
Ryan McNamara and Devonté Hynes at Coral Castle.
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) has commissioned a collaborative performance between musician Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange) and artist Ryan McNamara to take place on Thursday, December 3, 2015 during Miami Art Week. The performance on PAMM’s terrace will include an original multi-part composition by Hynes, an internationally-acclaimed musician and producer, and sculptural elements and choreography by McNamara, a celebrated performance artist. Presented within the global context of Miami Art Week, the performance is an allegory of Miami’s history as a place of fantasy and fragmentation. more

PAMM Presents Dimensions is organized by Emily Mello and Katerina Llanes. Support is provided by Beck’s, Kim Crawford and Perrier.
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Exhibitions on view

Nari Ward: Sun Splashed
November 19, 2015 – February 21, 2016
Nari Ward Scandal Bag
Nari Ward, Scandal Bag; History Feeds Mistrust, 2015 (detail). Photographed by Steven Rose. Image courtesy the artist; Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, and Havana; and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.
Curated by PAMM’s Associate Curator Diana Nawi, Nari Ward: Sun Splashed will be the largest exhibition to date for the groundbreaking Jamaican-American artist, who speaks with penetrating insight and imagination to a broad range of themes, including African-American history and culture, the dynamics of power and politics, and Caribbean diaspora identity. His massive, tactile approach has expanded traditional definitions of sculpture, installation, and site-specificity. more

Nari Ward: Sun Splashed is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Associate Curator Diana Nawi. This exhibition is presented by Citi with generous support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support was received from the Funding Arts Network. Valuable support for the exhibition catalogue was provided by Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, and Havana, and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Additional in-kind support provided by Gander & White.
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Firelei Báez: Bloodlines
October 15, 2015 – March 6, 2016
Firelei Báez
​​Firelei Báez, Those who would douse it (detail), 2015. Courtesy the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco. Photo: STUDIO LHOOQ.
Bloodlines features a selection of works by Firelei Báez, who is known for her delicate and labor-intensive works on paper that explore issues of black culture, Afro-Caribbean folklore, and the complexities of diasporic experiences. Báez’s large-scale works illuminate the excluded historical narratives of women of color, while simultaneously placing her subjects in a futuristic setting where skin tone is no longer a sufficient signifier of race. more

Firelei Báez: Bloodlines is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Assistant Curator María Elena Ortiz. This exhibition is presented by BNY Mellon with additional support from Chloé. 
BNY Mellon Chloé

Carlos Alfonzo: Clay Works and Painted Ceramics
November 5, 2015 – April 24, 2016
Carlos Alfonzo
​​Carlos Alfonzo, Untitled (Toreador), 1985. Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, gift of Hal Bromm. Photo: Sid Hoeltzell
Although Alfonzo is best known for his large paintings and sculptures, this exhibition explores the myriad molded ceramic works that the Havana-born, Miami-based artist created with great verve and skill. more

Organized by Miami-based artist and curator César Trasobares, this exhibition celebrates Alfonzo’s prodigious oeuvre and marks the 25th anniversary of his passing.

Project Gallery: Jeff Wall
October 22, 2015 – January 17, 2016
Jeff Wall Searcher
Jeff Wall, Searcher, 2007. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.
Vancouver-based artist Jeff Wall will be presenting several new large-scale photographic works which position homeless individuals living in the streets under highways, and in urban back alleys within compositions that reference the history of figurative painting and sculpture. more

Project Gallery: Jeff Wall is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander. The exhibition is presented by Bank of America with support provided by Knight Foundation.
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No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting
September 17, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Tommy Mitchel, Warlpapuka, 2009
Tommy Mitchel, Warlpapuka, 2009. © Tommy Mitchell estate, courtesy of Warakurna Artists.
Originating at the Nevada Museum of Art, this exhibition brings together the work of nine aboriginal artists whose works explore complex and innovative modes of abstraction, relating to cultural systems, religious beliefs, and social structures. more

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting originated at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada and was organized by William Fox, Director, Center for Art and Environment, and scholar Henry Skerritt. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl.

Project Gallery: Bik Van der Pol
August 13, 2015 – February 21, 2016
Bik Van der Pol
Bik Van der Pol, Speechless, 2015. Installation view Pérez Art Museum Miami. Photo courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami.
The collaborative work of Rotterdam-based artists Liesbeth Bik and Jos Van der Pol hinges on research, co-operation, and close attention to the social dynamics that animate specific locales, with the aim of elucidating the effects of a globalized economy on urban landscapes and natural environments. In their newly commissioned work titledSpeechless, they share the Aristotelian notion that political power is inseparable from language by transforming the gallery into an aviary for parrots who will be taught to speak. more

This exhibition is presented by BNY Mellon, with support provided by Knight Foundation. Additional support received from the Mondriaan Fund and the Netherland-America Foundation. Special thanks to Simbad's Birds and Pets.
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Project Gallery: Nicolas Lobo
April 16 – December 13, 2015
Nicolas Lobo
Nicolas Lobo, The Leisure Pit, 2015. Installation view Pérez Art Museum Miami Concrete, rubber sandals, glass pool tiles, metal hardware. Dimensions variable. Photo: STUDIO LHOOQ
Pérez Art Museum Miami presents a new series of works by Nicolas Lobo (b. 1979, Los Angeles; lives in Miami). Lobo’s research-intensive, process-oriented production begins with deep immersion in a broad spectrum of topics, from fringe subcultures and hidden networks—the Raëlian movement, the Go-Go dance scene, illicit pirate radio—to points of friction within the urban milieu—transnational multi-service shops, illegal drug fabrication sites, informal markets. The list of materials he has employed ranges from grape-flavored cough syrup to play-dough, terrazzo, Napalm, and a defunct soft drink with supposed aphrodisiac qualities. In recent years, the Miami-based artist has focused on ways in which the human body extends into socioeconomic space, and vice versa. more

Nicolas Lobo: The Leisure Pit is organized by PAMM Curator René Morales and presented by BNY Mellon. Support is provided by Knight Foundation.
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Global Positioning Systems
Through August 15, 2015
Penelope Umbrico
Penelope Umbrico, 28,524,323 Suns from Sunsets from Flickr (Partial) 08/03/2015, 2015. 2,242 4x6" c-prints. Collection PAMM, museum purchase with funds provided by The Mark and Hilarie Moore Family Trust in memory of Timothy A. Fallon.
Global Positioning Systems comprises selections from the permanent collection of Pérez Art Museum Miami displayed alongside a number of significant works on loan. Presented in PAMM’s Overview Galleries, it is a single exhibition divided into six interrelated parts—History Painting, Mediated Memory, The Subjective City, Uses of History, The Contested Present, and Forms of Commemoration—two on the museum’s first floor and four on the second floor. It features the work of more than 35 artists grouped according to shared themes and conceptual approaches. more

Global Positioning Systems was conceived by Pérez Art Museum Miami Curator René Morales in 2014 and reinstalled by Associate Curator Diana Nawi in 2015.

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